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  • Spies in the Family

  • An American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship That Helped End the Cold War
  • By: Eva Dillon
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In the summer of 1975, 17-year-old Eva Dillon's family was living in New Delhi when her father was exposed as a CIA spy. Eva had long believed that her father was a US State Department employee. She had no idea that he was handling the CIA's highest ranking double agent - Dmitri Fedorovich Polyakov, a Soviet general whose code name was TOPHAT. Dillon's father and Polyakov had a close friendship that went back years, to their first meeting in Burma in the mid-1960s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED it!

  • By SaraofDI on 11-06-17

Interesting story that puts a face on real spies we have heard about

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I enjoyed hearing this story from the perspective of the daughter of the CIA agent who handled probably the most important and selfless Russian spy of the Cold War.

  • Harry Bosch Box Set

  • 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098

Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice collection -- one missing in the order though

  • By Jami on 12-21-10

Kept me reading

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I planned to read first book in this collection then come back later to read another. But I kept listening. Classic Harry Bosch.

  • Justice Burning

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn't commit. He's rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there's no outrunning it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How much havoc can one troubled lawyer cause?

  • By shelley on 07-11-17

Vigilante

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Very little legal thriller and lots of vigilante “justice.” Lots of characters to dislike. I don’t plan to listen to book three.

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  • Kingdom Come

  • The Elizabeth Harris Series 1
  • By: Jane Jensen
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,725

In Kingdom Come, the first in a new mystery series from Jane Jensen, an ex-NYPD detective seeks escape in Amish country and finds darkness instead. When a beautiful, scantily clad "English" girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Detective Elizabeth Harris knows she's uncovered an evil that could shatter the peace of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom Come - excellent detective story

  • By Brain on 04-02-16

Moving murder mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this story of the investigation of the murder of an “English” girl found in an Amish barn. Well written, the characters are fully developed and the plot well-paced.

  • The Finest Hours

  • The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue
  • By: Michael J. Tougias, Casey Sherman
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived. On February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, were in the same horrifying predicament. Built with “dirty steel,” and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this.

  • By mtkto on 01-13-17

Incredible true story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The bravery displayed by the Coast Guard rescuers of many of the men stranded when not one but two tankers broke in two during an extreme winter storm in 1952 is inspiring. The story is riveting.

  • The Hidden Light of Northern Fires

  • A Novel
  • By: Daren Wang
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college she dreams of exploring the country but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family's farm while her brother, Leander, avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father's barn, Mary is determined to help him cross to freedom in nearby Canada.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual Civil War story.

  • By Leah on 12-22-17

Unusual Civil War story.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-17

I don't think I have ever read a story about southern sympathizers in the north during the U. S. civil war. This was an interesting story but I never felt drawn to any of the characters. It was well narrated.

  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Check!

  • By Mickens on 06-08-16

Remarkable first person account

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-17

I found Booker T. Washington's story of his journey from slave to national prominence as the builder of the Tuskegee Institute fascinating. At first, I thought the narrator's reading was short and a bit clipped, but as I experienced Washington, I realized how well the narration matched his personality. Hard-driving, hard-working, no nonsense, and focused. I now realize the historical role of Tuskegee Institute goes well beyond that of giving us Airmen. A remarkable glimpse into an important part of American history.

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 910

In this coming of age story, Dodie Smith introduces the visionary and eccentric character of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. The youngest daughter in a family of impoverished artists, it is her imagination and writing that takes us away from the ramshackle old English castle where they live, and towards an intriguing tale of husband-hunting and light-hearted sibling rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was a surprise

  • By Matthew on 12-16-13

First novel by author of A Hundred and One Dalmati

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

I was intrigued by this book when it came up as a daily deal. Written by Dodie Smith and considered a favorite of British readers. After listening to it, I can see why. It is a coming of age story from a time long gone, told by a budding author who strives to capture life in their quirky castle in her journals. Sometimes funny and sometimes touching, it captured my heart.

  • Seedfolks

  • By: Paul Fleischman
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Thirteen lives. One garden. Set in Cleveland, Newbery-Award-winning author Paul Fleischman's poignant book is a large lesson in connectedness and community for all. When a derelict vacant lot is gradually transformed into a community garden in inner city Cleveland, the people of this community find their differences are less apparent and their isolation dissolved. Performed by thirteen multicuturally and age-authentic voices, this audiobook is designed for listeners of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent to listen

  • By Rina on 10-12-09

Great little story

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

This is a delightful tale of 13 lives changed for yhe better when one girl plants six lima bean seeds in the vacant lot across the street fro a rundown apartment building in Cleveland. A different narrator reads each chapter, in the voice of one person's reminiscence about the garden. A little patch of barren soil brings new plant life as it helps tear down barriers between and inside the 13.

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  • By: Steve Fishman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,957

Free for a limited time. Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that profiles Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier sent to prison for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The series, hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, includes hours of unheard conversations with Madoff behind bars, as well as interviews with law enforcement and the victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow the story is a deep one

  • By Josh on 04-19-17

Ok, but not great

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Perhaps because a listen to lots of books, but only a few podcasts, this seemed overly dramatic without saying a whole lot.